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What do you always say as parents?
"Wear your helmet."
"Don't go out without your hat and gloves!"
"Where do you think you're going without elbow and knee pads?"
Child wheel chairs don't, and shouldn't, give your kid a "No Parenting" pass. The proper equipment gives them more independence. Invest in kneepad protectors, fabric attachments for the lower frame of child wheelchairs.
You can still use the hat and gloves line. Select Velcro-sealing tough but soft gloves just like the ones kids use for scooters and bikes. For kids in manual pediatric wheelchairs, chapped hands and friction are constant problems. No one likes to feel self-conscious because of red and blistered hands.
Also, don't forget softening lotion such as Vaseline or Johnson and Johnson baby oil. Your kids should also carry hand wipes for that common parental complaint, "Wash your hands--you don't know who touched that last!"
All that parental advice will make your kids grumble, but secretly, they'll feel happy that you care.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|